Conservative MP Sir David Amess Stabbed To Death At Constituency Office

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

15 Oct 2021

Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed at a surgery in his constituency, police say.

Amess, 69, served as the member of Parliament for Southend West in Essex, and was attacked on Friday afternoon at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

According to reports a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed him multiple times.

Essex Police confirmed that, “A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea,”

“A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered. He is currently in custody. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

Just prior to his death being confirmed Southend councillor John Lamb, who was at the scene after the stabbing, said:

“He’s always trying to help people, and especially refugees he’s tried to help. He’s a very amicable person and he does stick by his guns, he says what he believes and he sticks by it,” Mr Lamb

A Conservative backbencher for nearly forty years, the 69-year-old father of five entered Parliament in 1983 as the MP for Basildon. 

He was also known for his championing of Southend, including a long-running campaign to win city status for the town.

His death has seen mass tributes across the political spectrum.

Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats said Sir David’s murder was “tragic and horrible news”. “My thoughts are with David’s wife and children, the wider family, friends and David’s community,” he wrote on Twitter.

“A truly terrible day for British politics but most importantly of all our prayers are with all the people

who loved David.”

Conservative MP Tracey Crouch said she was “heartbroken”.

“I could write reams on how Sir David was one of the kindest, most compassionate, well liked colleagues in Parliament. But I can’t. I feel sick. I am lost,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Rest in Peace. A little light went out in parliament today. We will miss you.”